FLME30030 Legal Med & Professionalism

Academic Year 2022/2023

The overall aim of the module is to develop an understanding of the role and responsibility of a radiographer in a legal context and to give the student a working knowledge of professionalism, regulation and medico-legal matters pertinent to present day and future clinical practice.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Successful completion of this module will enable the student to:
1. Define professional ethics and have a thorough understanding of CORU’s Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Radiographers.
2. Explain ethical & legal issues and the professional responsibilities as defined by the Health & Social Care Professionals Council (CORU).
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the Irish Legal system and describe the obligations of the radiographer and hospital within this framework.
4. Define and differentiate appropriate legal terms.
5. Define the concept of consent and its implications to examinations in the Imaging Department.

Indicative Module Content:

Ethical issues and the Law; Human experimentation and International Declarations. Introduction to Irish Legal system.
CORU; Registration Boards & their functions; CPD; Fitness to Practice; Health and Social Care Professionals Act, 2005.
Professional Negligence: Application to professional practice and lessons from case law.
The concept of consent in practice.
Medical records; Privacy and confidentiality and the purpose and function of medico-legal reports.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group


Conversation Class




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture based module and group work required on a professionalism / regulation / medico-legal matter. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: 15 question single best answer MCQ. Open book exam. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Group Project: Professionalism / regulatory / medico-legal project relating to the practice of Radiography. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

At the end of the module, students will be provided with online feedback in relation to the general class performance via targeted communication. Students can attend for individual feedback if they wish. Students will also be provided with a feed-forward grading rubric for their group work, indicating what grade each achievement will merit.